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Iraq protesters block some roads amid strike call

Iraq protesters block some roads amid strike call

World
Iraqi anti-government protesters close some roads in response to influential cleric’s call for strikeBy QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated PressNovember 17, 2019, 10:16 AM3 min read Anti-government protesters blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq on Sunday, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. In the southern port city of Basra and in cities like Nasiriyah, Amara and Kut, protesters set tires ablaze to close off roads, keeping employees from reaching their work places. Schools, universities and other institutions closed for the day. In parts of Baghdad, particularly the sprawling Sadr City neighborhood, protesters sat in the middle of the streets to prevent employees from getting to their workplaces. They also blocked roads
German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

World
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- German airline Lufthansa grounded 1,300 flights on Thursday as thousands of flight attendants launched a strike. The strike over pay, pensions and working conditions is expected to last through Friday evening and affects about 180,000 passengers, NPR reported. The flight attendants' union, UFO, agreed to preliminary talks over the weekend but was not expected to end the strike early. UFO issued a statement accusing the airline of not working with them earlier to avoid the need for a strike. "Instead of averting the strike, plans were changed on a massive scale and additional standby services were acquired for the day of the strike," the union said. Lufthansa condemned the strike in a statement before it took effect and offered affected customers the opportunity to rebook ...
Royal Mail seeks injunction to stop postal strike

Royal Mail seeks injunction to stop postal strike

Business
Royal Mail is seeking a High Court injunction to stop a postal strike, claiming that the ballot of workers had "potential irregularities".The company said it would make a formal application on Friday that the strike ballot "was unlawful and, therefore, null and void".A strike threatens to disrupt postal voting in the run-up to the general election as well as Christmas post.The Communications Workers Union says it "refutes" Royal Mail's claim.The ballot of 100,000 Royal Mail staff was held over job security and terms. No dates for a strike have yet been set.Members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) last month voted by 97% in favour of a nationwide strike, saying the company had failed to adhere to an employment deal agreed last year. Royal Mail rej...
US launched secret cyber strike against Iran after Saudi oil attacks

US launched secret cyber strike against Iran after Saudi oil attacks

Technology
The US launched a secret cyber attack against Iran following the September attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.Two US officials have told the Reuters news agency that the operation took place in late September and was aimed at stopping Tehran from spreading "propaganda." One of the officials said the strike affected physical hardware, but did not provide further details.The operation also follows the downing of an American drone in June and an alleged attack by Iran's Revolutionary Guards on oil tankers in the Gulf in May.Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, the United States and Germany have blamed the September attack on Iran. Advertisement Tehran has denied any involvement, although the Iran-aligned Houth...
General Motors strike: ‘We’ve got to fight for what’s right’

General Motors strike: ‘We’ve got to fight for what’s right’

Business
Workers with picket signs mark every entrance to the General Motors plant in Flint, Michigan. With them is all the paraphernalia of a long stay - tables piled with snacks and water bottles, wood and steel bins to make fires during the night, and dozens of signs bearing the slogan "UAW on strike". It's the same picture at the Hamtramck plant just an hour's drive away, and there are similar scenes at GM facilities across the US.Nearly 49,000 workers walked out on strike on 16 September."We're prepared to be out here as long as takes," says Bill Brewer, a quality control inspector at the Flint plant.Mr Brewer has worked at GM for 42 years. This is his third strike. It's the longest one he's been on.Each day the strike costs General...